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Hybrid Cars - The way forward

I have always been a fan of the traditional petrol Engine. Here in Japan the Hybrid cars are very popular nowadays, even though they can be twice the price of a traditional petrol engine car. I took my car to have it's bi-yearly check and the Honda garage gave me a courtesy car for a couple days. The car was a Honda Fit Hybrid. So I thought to myself, let's see what all this fuss is about.

The first thing I noticed was how silent the engine was when turning the ignition. Not coughing sound like the traditional engine, just a slight rumble with immediate kick in then it felt like the engine was off. I then drove off, very quiet and smooth, however when I put my foot down, there was an immediate acceleration like a rocket and the wheels spun. I thought wow how can you get so much power and torque from a 1.3 Liter Engine. I realizes that it was the efficiency of the electric motor.

At around 40km I could hear the petrol motor kick in and it drove like a normal car then, but as I decelerated I notices via the dashboard indicators that it was charging up the electric engine at the same time.

Expensive however I guess it works out cheaper in the long run in terms of fuel costs.

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suffolkjason wrote on August 17, 2014, 8:33 AM

Do you know how much such cars would save on fuel consumption?

MegL wrote on August 17, 2014, 8:48 AM

You need to have charging points available for charging up the battery?

richardarowell wrote on August 17, 2014, 9:52 AM

That's cool how they let you borrow a hybrid! Here in America you often get the "courtesy car" and it's a beat up old piece of junk that barely drives. XD

BarbRad wrote on August 17, 2014, 5:00 PM

I have heard that while you may save on fuel, you will eventually have a very expensive battery replacement.

madhavan_as wrote on August 25, 2014, 11:16 AM

Petrol has lost its things when US gets to the Arab countries and from now on it cannot be controlled thing.